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Holt County, MO Biography

J. W. BRIDGEMON, an old settler of Bigelow township, was born Aug. 1, 1811 in Wythe Co., Virginia. At age seven, he moved to Campbell Co., Tenn. and, at age 16, to Alabama where he was employed as a stage driver. After two years, he went to Walker Co., Georgia; after staying two years there, he moved to Hiawassee Purchase, Tenn. In Tenn., he married Lucinda GIBSON, daughter of George GIBSON, in May, 1834. He immediately left for Mo., but coming to the Ohio River, he was unable to cross. He rented a farm in Kentucky for a year and then was able to come on to Mo. where he settled in Buchanan Co.. In 1845 he moved to Clay Co. and in 1847 came on to Holt Co., settling on the Mo. River in East Lewis township. He went to Calif. in 1850 and returned in 1851; he made a second trip to Calif. in 1854, returning the next year. In 1857-58, he farmed in Brown Co., Kansas, then returned to Bigelow township. He has been a Democrat all his life. He twice drove cattle from Buchanan Co. to Pennsylvania before there were railroads. He has nine children, all living.

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